Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Pete Is Still Feeling the Love; Murray Reflects on 10 Years since His Breakthrough CD

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Pete Is Still Feeling the Love; Murray Reflects on 10 Years since His Breakthrough CD

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MARK PICO

IN 2003, when Pete Murray released his album Feeler, it's safe to say even he had no idea of the monumental success he was going to achieve.

From seemingly nowhere, at an age when most aspiring musos have given up the chase, he pulled off one of the most inspiring results the Australian music scene had witnessed in a long time.

We spoke about his recent surf trip to Indonesia with a few mates, including bluesman Ash Grunwald. Murray has only been surfing for about six years but you can tell the ocean has become a major part of his life.

MURRAY: Yeah, it was definitely a bit nerve-wracking at times. Like, there was a break called Surgeon's Table, for obvious reasons. I got caught on the inside at a few places and got hammered ... I didn't get cut up or anything. All in all, it was a great experience. The water was just so clear and the reefs were so shallow.

I reckon he could talk all day about his surfing trip.

PICO: Is it true you competed at the Australian championships in the 400m and 800m running?

MURRAY: I did that right through high school. I used to compete at all the nationals - probably 800m I was more successful at.

Murray's mum gave him some good advice when he was carving it up in athletics, that seemed to carry through his life.

MURRAY: I remember my mum telling me when I was a kid and doing well at sport that it was important I didn't brag about my achievements. I didn't feel the need to do that, anyway, but mum was always on the cautious side. I tend to agree with her because if you have to brag about what you are doing, chances are you're not that good at it.

Murray's dad died from a heart attack when he was only 47. Sadly, his death came at a time when Murray and his dad were starting to form a closer bond.

MURRAY : I feel like I just started to get to know my dad when he died. …

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